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YORUBA, NIGERIA, BRONZE SHONGO STAFF

by William J Jenack Auctioneers

August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

Chester, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $140 - $200

Description: YORUBA, NIGERIA, BRONZE SHONGO STAFF. HEIGHT 13"

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YORUBA, NIGERIA CARVED AND PAINTED DANCE HELMET

by William J Jenack Auctioneers

August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

Chester, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $300 - $500

Description: YORUBA, NIGERIA CARVED AND PAINTED DANCE HELMET. HEIGHT 21"

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YORUBA, NIGERIA, BRONZE FIGURE OF A SHAMAN

by William J Jenack Auctioneers

August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

Chester, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $140 - $200

Description: YORUBA, NIGERIA, BRONZE FIGURE OF A SHAMAN. HEIGHT 6 1/2"

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Yoruba Seated  Female Figure Holding Container Agere Ifa Nigeria African

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $750

Description: Additional Information:  An interesting  Yoruba seated figure carrying a bowl.  The figure has some age and shows much handling.  A seated figure holding a container  could well have been used in the divination process among the Yoruba called Ifa. Cowry shells, cola nuts, may have been kept in the bowl being carried by the woman. These objects were used by a Yoruba diviner who would throw them on the ground and read their pattern to determine the will of Orunmila, one of the major Yoruba deities who knows all, past and present. The diviner is one who can insure that we live in a state of balance and harmony and to lead us to a good life.  This ""Agere Ifa"" is carved in one of the numerous Yoruba sub-styles as would be expected from one of the largest art producing groups in Africa. Placed in a shrine such a figure  could be a devotee of either Eshu or Shango, both major deities in the Yoruba pantheon. Offerings would be made to her leading to the bowl held by the figure. The figure was also used to serve kola nuts.Among the Yoruba of Nigeria sculpture in service to ritual and religion is integral to life whether used during divination or masks worn or figural sculptures that are found in shrines or carried during ceremonies. There is a large corpus of Yoruba sculpture known and identified as to symbol and meaning identified to the various orishas or deities. Yoruba traditional religion has a structured pantheon of the deities known as Orisha numbering between 400 and 700 individual Yoruba gods that may share powers and attributes that are articulated in sculptural form. Recommended Reading:R. F. Thompson: Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA, (Los Angeles, 1971)W. Fagg and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Sculpture of West Africa, (New York, 1982)H. J. Drewal and J. Pemberton III, with R. Abiodun Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, (New York, 1989)Lawal, B.: The Gelede Spectacle. Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in an African Culture. (Seattle, London 1996)Witte, H.: A Closer Look; Local Styles in the Yoruba Art Collection of the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal. 2004.I have examined this piece and agree with  the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD. 

Condition Report: Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. broken ear

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Yoruba Ibeji Twin Figures Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $200 - $225

Description: Additional Information:   The Ere Ibeji will be fed, washed, clothed and treated as though it were alive and present. On special days such as the twin s birthdays, ere Ibeji cult days, mothers will at times go the market place and sing and dance with the Ere Ibeji. They would be honored by other women with presents and money given to them in recognition of their special status as a mother of twins. Ere Ibeji are also identified with the Yoruba Thunder God Shango who is known by red beads around the waist or ankles and often by the application of blue indigo to the hair. Ere Ibeji are carved as small children with adult attributes as to sex, breasts and hairstyles as a result they are fixed in time as children and as adults. Further Readings:R. F. Thompson: Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA, (Los Angeles, 1971) M. H. Houlberg: Ibeji Images of the Yoruba , African Arts, vii/1, 1973, pp. 20-27, 91-2 M. Stoll and G. Stoll: Ibeji: Twin Figures of the Yoruba, (Munich, 1980) Abiodun, A, H. J. Drewal and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Art and Aesthetics, (Zurich,1991) I have examined this piece and agree with the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.

Condition Report: good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. chipped nipple

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Yoruba Money Bar Forged Iron Currency Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $75 - $100

Description: Additional Information:  This old bar currency was once used as currency by the Yoruba in Africa.  These are individually made and no two are exactly a like.

Condition Report: Fair. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Rusting surface

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Yoruba  Ifa Priest's Beaded Necklace Old  Nigeria African

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $1,500 - $1,650

Description: Additional Information:  A superb priest or diviner's necklace ( Odigba Ifa ) with two  pouches (Apo) showing evidence of much handling and extensive use over the time. This necklace is made of very old beads (18th -19th century ) including the tiny bleu heart beads and the big white and blue beads commonly called Dogon beads made in Europe and used in Africa. According to Henry Drewal, these pouches "coincide with points of vulnerability: the ude isale hangs down against the chest and the ude oke rests at the base of the neck. It is said that inside these pouches are sewn certain substances for protection and power of the diviner" (Henry John Drewal and John Mason. Beads Body and Soul. Art and light in the Yoruba Universe, 1998, p. 234).  Prior to its use, the necklace would receive a special bath in order to be blessed. This necklace was worn by the diviner around his/her neck during important ceremonies, during the Ifa initiation process and at the annual festivals to honor deities. The colors, abstract symbolic patterns  refer to the powers and identities of the the deity of divination, Ifa,  the figure to whom questions are directed during the divination process. Colors in themselves help recognize deities or principles; for instance, yellow and green are often associated with Ifa. Recommended Reading: Fagg, W. and J. Pemberton,  Yoruba Beadwork, Art of Nigeria, 1980. Drewal, Henry J., Mason, J. Beads Body and Soul. Art and light in the Yoruba Universe, 1998 I have examined this piece and agree with the description Niangi Batulukisi, PhD

Condition Report: Good worn, loose strands, some beads missing, dust

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Yoruba Currency Forged Iron Hoe Head Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $50 - $65

Description: Additional Information: Forged Iron 'hoe  head currency is found throughout the northeastern region of Nigeria.  Forged out of iron by native smiths these currencies were based upon actual shovel types and could be reforged into other functional objects such as hoes as needed.  

Condition Report: Poor. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Rusted surface, chips, holes.

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Yoruba Eshu Shrine Male Figure African

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $300 - $400

Description: Additional Information: A standing male figure holding  staffs.  The figure is shown with eshu hairstyle in the form of a  long ponytail-like hairstyle ending with a carved human face in the back. The surface shows the piece was extensively used.   This is a Yoruba figure devoted to the deity Eshu, the Yoruba trickster god. Also known as Elegba Eshu, this god is the deity of the crossroads, one who confuses or directs the living  to avoid dangers, he is the Yoruba deity who carries messages and offerings to the gods and is best known as the trickster god of their pantheon. Eshu manipulates creative energies, communicates with the gods, and embraces secret knowledge. Eshu can appear in an instant and mystify the living members of the society  by his actions or appearance. The Yoruba are the largest culture in Nigeria and one of the largest in all of Africa. The scope of their political influence is immense both nationally and in the parts of Nigeria that they occupy. They can be traced back hundreds of years--perhaps even a thousand. Though heavily exploited during the Slave Trade periods, they have steadfastly held onto an enormous and multi-layered set of beliefs and rituals that can still be found today. Almost all of these practices involved some sort of statuary or mask, so the amount of their artistic output is enormous. Their highly-stylized facial features are immediately recognizable to most collectors. Recommended Reading: YORUBA. SCULPTURE OF WEST AFRICA, by Fagg, Pemberton, Holcombe.  I have examined this piece and agree with the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.  

Condition Report: Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. broken pieces, chips, crack in base,

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Yoruba Ibeji PAIR of Twin Figures Stands Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $600

Description: Additional Information: These fine Yoruba ere Ibeji are carved in a unique style that emphasizes the interesting headdress indicating hair on the female and a cap on the male. Also their feet and set separately rather than both on a rounded base. Both have scarification on either side of the face. Each figure shows  the wear of numerous washings and traces of the indigo  blue  powder that was applied to the figures as an offering and as a cosmetic. The Ere Ibeji will be fed, washed, clothed and treated as though it were alive and present. On special days such as the twin s birthdays, ere Ibeji cult days, mothers will at times go the market place and sing and dance with the Ere Ibeji. They would be honored by other women with presents and money given to them in recognition of their special status as a mother of twins. Ere Ibeji are also identified with the Yoruba Thunder God Shango who is known by red beads around the waist or ankles and often by the application of blue indigo to the hair. Ere Ibeji are carved as small children with adult attributes as to sex, breasts and hairstyles as a result they are fixed in time as children and as adults. Further Readings:R. F. Thompson: Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA, (Los Angeles, 1971) M. H. Houlberg: Ibeji Images of the Yoruba , African Arts, vii/1, 1973, pp. 20-27, 91-2 M. Stoll and G. Stoll: Ibeji: Twin Figures of the Yoruba, (Munich, 1980) Abiodun, A, H. J. Drewal and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Art and Aesthetics, (Zurich,1991) I have examined this piece and agree with the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.

Condition Report: good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. wear, chips

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Yoruba Ibeji Pair of Twin Figures Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $300 - $400

Description: Additional Information: These fine Yoruba ere Ibeji are carved in a unique style that emphasizes the interesting headdress indicating hair on the females. Also their feet and set separately rather than both on a rounded base. Both have scarification on the cheeks.  The Ere Ibeji will be fed, washed, clothed and treated as though it were alive and present. On special days such as the twin s birthdays, ere Ibeji cult days, mothers will at times go the market place and sing and dance with the Ere Ibeji. They would be honored by other women with presents and money given to them in recognition of their special status as a mother of twins. Ere Ibeji are also identified with the Yoruba Thunder God Shango who is known by red beads around the waist or ankles and often by the application of blue indigo to the hair. Ere Ibeji are carved as small children with adult attributes as to sex, breasts and hairstyles as a result they are fixed in time as children and as adults. Further Readings:R. F. Thompson: Black Gods and Kings: Yoruba Art at UCLA, (Los Angeles, 1971) M. H. Houlberg: Ibeji Images of the Yoruba , African Arts, vii/1, 1973, pp. 20-27, 91-2 M. Stoll and G. Stoll: Ibeji: Twin Figures of the Yoruba, (Munich, 1980) Abiodun, A, H. J. Drewal and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Art and Aesthetics, (Zurich,1991) I have examined this piece and agree with the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.

Condition Report: good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. wear, chips, scratches, shallow cracks

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Masque, canton de Lucerne, XXe s. (haut. 20.5 cm)

by Galartis SA

August 2, 2015, 2:00 PM CET

VERBIER, Switzerland

Estimated Price: CHF150 - CHF200

Description: Masque, canton de Lucerne, XXe s. (haut. 20.5 cm). En bois sculpté polychrome formant visage grimaçant.

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MUMUYE, NIGERIA, CARVED AND PAINTED DANCE MASK

by William J Jenack Auctioneers

August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

Chester, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $300 - $500

Description: MUMUYE, NIGERIA, CARVED AND PAINTED DANCE MASK. HEIGHT 19"

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EKET, NIGERIA, OGBOM SOCIETY HEADDRESS

by William J Jenack Auctioneers

August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

Chester, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $300 - $500

Description: EKET, NIGERIA, CARVED AND PAINTED OGBOM SOCIETY HEADDRESS. HEIGHT 35"

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Benin Bronze Queen Mother Bust 2 Feet Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $1,200 - $1,275

Description: Addition Information: A Benin Queen Mother's head Modeled after the original dating originally approximately 1550 1750 A.D. The famous royal center of Benin in Nigeria produced a number of remarkable objects and bronze heads cast in bronze including the original of this 20th century copy that was also cast in Nigeria.  Benin City was the center of power for the Edo people and the place of residence for the Oba, the ruler. This bronze cast head is of  the Queen Mother, who was the mother of the Oba, the ruler at Benin, who still rules today.  This head is modeled after a cast bronze original and is shown on a well decorated base.. Her large headdress was composed of a network of precious coral beadwork.  Her hairstyle is presented with complex curls and braids under a towering crown.  It is a well sculpted figure marked by the fine detailing of the face, hair and crown and a high degree of naturalism uncommon in African sculpture. That this is a replica cannot be doubted, but what is important to note is that the skill of the Nigerian bronze and brass casters of today who cast this head continue a tradition nearly 500 years old at Benin and have not lost their skill in producing interesting works of art.  Though a late example of Benin Art it is finely worked and cast with great skill.  Recommended Reading: Drewal , H. J. and J. Pemberton III, with R. Abiodun Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, (New York, 1989) Drewal, H. J. and M. Thompson Drewal., Gelede, Art and Female Power among the Yoruba. 1983.  Fagg, W. and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Sculpture of West Africa, (New York, 1982) Lawal, B.: The Gelede Spectacle. Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in an African Culture. (Seattle, London 1996) Mato, D., Chelsea Cooksey, Yoruba: Art of Life. The Bennett-Luther Collection, Denver 2004  Witte, H.: A Closer Look; Local Styles in the Yoruba Art Collection of the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal. 2004.

Condition Report: Good.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. tarnishing and oxidation on surface; scrapes, casting flaws. one braid is cracked

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Yoruba Egungun Headdress Published African

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $1,900 - $2,200

Description: Provenance:From the personal Collection of Elizabeth Bennett and Sara F. Luther. Exhibited at the South Dakota Art Museum Published in the catalog: Daniel Mato, PhD., Chelsea Cooksey, YORUBA: AN ART OF LIFE. The Bennett-Luther Collection Africa Direct, Denver, Colorado, 2004, fig.43, p. 56 Additional Information:  Two abstract crocodiles with four carved human faces frame the top of the headdress. Red on one side, black on the other, it sits atop a multi-colored cloth base ( the folded cloth serves to soften the burden for the head of the dancer). The single crest form is akin to the hunter's hairstyle of the Yoruba deity Eshu, who is often shown with a long ponytail and is symbolically linked with the colors nd black. (Description from the Book by  Daniel Mato, PhD., Chelsea Cooksey, YORUBA: AN ART OF LIFE.  fig. 43, p. 54 p ) Among the Yoruba of Nigeria, masqueraders known as Ere Egungun dance to represent and celebrate the ancestors known as Ara Orun - or Beings from beyond . The Yoruba see the world as a continuum composed of the living and the dead with the ancestor ever present in the life of an individual, their family, and town. Egungun dancers completely covered in voluminous cloths or in costumes surmounted by a carved headdress appear during ceremonies honoring the ancestors or will dance to represent present lineage members. Egungun masquerades were noted as early as 1826 and the tradition continues among the Yoruba today combining long established traditions and contemporary imagery. Egungun masquerades combine the use of a number of brightly colored cloths that at times appear to be simply piled on the dancers head and covering the body or the cloth will be surmounted by carved headpieces of human and animal forms. This covering of the body, literally hiding the dancer and creating a sense of mystery and ambiguity is found in the very meaning of the word Egungun, "The powers concealed" This is a particularly complete example of an Egungun headpiece consisting of a wooden carved headpiece with  four faces .   The age and long use of this mask can be seen on  the surface,  on details of the  facial features and markings. This wonderful example of an Egungun masquerade is a true connoisseurs object and worthy of a museum collection. It must be kept in mind that this wonderful carving would surmount a large costume of different colored cloths completely covering the dancers body and thereby creating the sense of mystery and awe so integral to the appearance of Egungun. The dancer would be completely covered by the cloth with their face covered by cloth netting to allow them see while dancing. collection.  Reference: Drewal, H.J., J. Pemberton, R. Abiodun, Yoruba; Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought. 1989. Thompson, R. F, Black Gods and Kings 1971.

Condition Report: Good.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Crack throughout. Slight rubbing wear of paint on wood crest of all four faces. Purposeful holes in base, strung with thread and rubber to repair tattered material. Whitish grime or paint on back proper left geometric relief carving. 

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Yoruba Ere Egungun Mask Published  Museum Exhibit Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $6,500

Description: Provenance:From the personal Collection of Elizabeth Bennett and Sara F. Luther. Exhibited at the South Dakota Art Museum Published in the catalog: Daniel Mato, PhD., Chelsea Cooksey, YORUBA: AN ART OF LIFE. The Bennett-Luther Collection Africa Direct, Denver, Colorado, 2004, fig.41, p. 55  Additional Information: This classic example of an Egungun masquerade most probably comes from the Yoruba Oyo area and is a true connoisseurs object and worthy of a museum collection. This is a particularly complete example of an Egungun headpiece consisting of a wooden carved flat headpiece with standing four figures on either side of a large Janus shaped human head. Two of the figures are females who offer their breasts as symbolic gesture of offering to the ancestors. The other figures are males, one wearing a farmers wide brimmed hat and the other figure a man from town wearing modern clothing. The crown of the central head has a large dramatic womans hair crest, shiny from many applications of blue indigo coloring joins two well carved and painted faces, representations of the Yoruba deity Eshu (Esu) who himself is a messenger to the gods. This age and obvious long use of this mask can be seen in the indigo coloring matter collected on the surface of the hair filling in the details of the coiffure and the facial markings. This extraordinarily well carved and colored Egungun head crest / mask is a classic example of Yoruba blending of sculptural imagery, color symbolism, and myth given life during dramatic dancing performances. Among the Yoruba of Nigeria, masqueraders known as Ere Egungun dance to represent and celebrate the ancestors known as Ara Orun - or Beings from beyond . The Yoruba see the world as a continuum composed of the living and the dead with the ancestor ever present in the life of an individual, their family, and town. Egungun dancers completely covered in voluminous cloths or in costumes surmounted by a carved headdress appear during ceremonies honoring the ancestors or will dance to represent present lineage members. Egungun masquerades were noted as early as 1826 and the tradition continues among the Yoruba today combining long established traditions and contemporary imagery. Egungun masquerades combine the use of a number of brightly colored cloths that at times appear to be simply piled on the dancers head and covering the body or the cloth will be surmounted by carved eadpieces of human and animal forms. This covering of the body, literally hiding the dancer and creating a sense of mystery and ambiguity is found in the very meaning of the word Egungun, "The powers concealed" .   It must be kept in mind that this wonderful carving would surmount a large costume of different colored cloths completely covering the dancers body and thereby creating the sense of mystery and awe so integral to the appearance of Egungun. The dancer would be completely covered by the cloth with their face covered by cloth netting to allow them see while dancing.   Recommended Reading: Drewal , H. J. and J. Pemberton III, with R. Abiodun Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, (New York, 1989) Drewal, H. J. and M. Thompson Drewal., Gelede, Art and Female Power among the Yoruba. 1983.  Fagg, W. and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Sculpture of West Africa, (New York, 1982) Lawal, B.: The Gelede Spectacle. Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in an African Culture. (Seattle, London 1996) Mato, D., Chelsea Cooksey, Yoruba: Art of Life. The Bennett-Luther Collection, Denver 2004  Witte, H.: A Closer Look; Local Styles in the Yoruba Art Collection of the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal. 2004. Thompson, R. F, Black Gods and Kings 1971. I have examined this piece and agree with the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.  

Condition Report: Fair. Most ofour pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Large cracks in base, a few cracks fairly repaired, old chips in places

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Yoruba Body Mask Female Torso with Face and Costume Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $1,500 - $1,750

Description: Additional Description: A woderful body mask with  a female torso and a stylized face. The torso comes with short legs; It shows a huge belly and firm breasts;  Both the torso and the face are painted in green . The mask is complemented with the  costume made out of cotton fabric. This body mask comes from the Yoruba. The most common version of such body masks are used by the Yoruba to entertain the audience during Gelede annual festivals. They are known as the most satirical type of Gelede masks.This is an interesting body mask showing signs of long use .  This is your chance to get a complete body mask with face and costume ! Among the Yoruba Gelede masquerade is organized every year to celebrate the ‘mothers’ good witches who propitiate and control the power of the ‘bad’ witches who fly at night causing human misfortune, illness, and death. When Gelede appear, they dance in pairs in a tightly structured and complexly choreographed dance accompanied by singing and drumming. Most ‘witch-catching’ Gelede masks are carved from a single piece of wood to be worn on the top of the head over the forehead with a multi-colored costume made up of numerous panels of brightly colored cloth completely covering the body from head to foot. Body masks such as this are rare. They appear in exceptional circumstances. The panels of cloth will flare outwards while being danced giving the dancer a dynamic appearance. Gelede performances may extend over a number of days with different dance forms and movements. When performing the masks dance as a coordinated pair often with mirror-like movements during in an athletic and vigorous dance that often interacts with the audience. Their energetic dance steps will often kick up the dust so that they appear to float above the earth and the anklet bells that they wear reinforce the rhythm of the music. The difference between male and female masks is emphasized by the kind of costume the young man dancer is wearing and by the rhythm of his dance.The exaggerate breasts reflect the idea of fertility promoted during the Gelede festivals. Recommended Reading: YORUBA NINE CENTURIES OF AFRICAN ART AND THOUGHT by Drewal et al, YORUBA AN ART OF LIFE by Mato and Cooksey I have examined this piece and agree with the description Niangi Batulukisi, Ph.D.

Condition Report: good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. wear, shallow cracks, chips, scratches, stains on cotton cloth

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Masque, Kriens, canton de Lucerne, première moiti

by Galartis SA

August 2, 2015, 2:00 PM CET

VERBIER, Switzerland

Estimated Price: CHF150 - CHF200

Description: Masque, Kriens, canton de Lucerne, première moitié du XXe s. (haut. 22.5 cm). En bois sculpté polychrome, formant visage grimaçant au menton proéminent à fossette; traces de colle, fendu.

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Masque, canton de Schwytz, première moitié du XXe

by Galartis SA

August 2, 2015, 2:00 PM CET

VERBIER, Switzerland

Estimated Price: CHF200 - CHF250

Description: Masque, canton de Schwytz, première moitié du XXe s. (haut. 20.5 cm). En bois sculpté polychrome, les yeux soulignés de lunettes aux branches en volutes, porte une moustache peinte.

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Nupe Cloth Handwoven Cotton Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $250 - $350

Description: A beautifully handmade textile decorated with rayon and embroidered motifs in green. This textile comes probably from the Nupe people from Nigeria, Besides a few stains this textile would make a good tablecloth or a wall hanging textile! The designs on one side of this cotton cloth are embroidered from cotton threads alternating with sewn.The designs include traditional diamond motifs close to the designs known as Ikaki , tortoise patterns,  and the columns of wild cotton threads and rayon  pulled up from the surface to form another kind of design. Similar raised designs are seen on cloths produced by Ijebu-Ode, called Itagbe worn by leaders of the Ogboni society. More intricate and dimensional versions of these cloths are produced for the Yoruba elite. Such textiles were also found among the  Nupe as well as among the Igbo living in and around the town of Ijebu-Ode. In fact,  in the 19th century, trade began with Igbo weavers from the town of Akwete, who produced copies using similar motifs. Textiles in southern Nigeria continue in an ongoing process of traditional weaving in old methods with new materials. These cloths were made by and for both men and women. Weaving centers have been identified throughout Nigeria. Each of the centers reflecting the tastes and styles and patterns of design provide an extraordinary diversity of color, pattern and inventiveness.We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears. Recommended Reading: See AFRICAN TEXTILES, by John Gillow

Condition Report: Poor. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.   stains, uneven, one side cut, smell

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Yoruba Twin Figures Ere Ibeji  Females Nigeria Africa Superb

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $650

Description: Additional Information:A Yoruba pair of female twin figures . In earlier times, new-born twins, or ibeji, as they are called, were believed to be evil, monstrous abnormalities and infanticide was a common practice. However, such beliefs and practices were later superseded and reversed, and by the middle of the 18th century twins came to be seen as a blessing; they were awarded the status of minor deities, called Orishas, and their arrival was viewed as an omen of good fortune for the family. By the 19th century the cult of the Ere Ibeji was firmly established and continues to this day. The death of one or both twins is regarded as a great calamity for the family, one which requires immediate appeasement of the soul of the deceased child. Though the cause of the high rate of twin births among Yoruba women has not been established, the cultural grieving process is well documented and may be observed in the carving of a figure known as Ere Ibeji, which both represents the lost child and serves as a ritual point of contact with the soul of the deceased. The carving of the Ere Ibeji is commissioned under the guidance of an Ifa diviner, a Babalowo, whom the parents consult in selecting the particular artist who will do the work. The sculpture itself represents a deceased infant, but is carved with features and attributes of an adult. The sculptural features of genitalia, pubic hair, wide hips, developed breasts, gender specific facial scarification and mature coiffures exude an erotic sexuality, uncommon for infants. As Dr. Moyo Okediji notes, the completed Ibeji figure is carved as an adult, rather than as the deceased infant, in a mythological form that depicts the concentrated calm of a Yoruba artist. When the carving of the Ere Ibeji is completed, the artist is given a feast and payment as determined by the Orishas. Once the figure is brought to the family dwelling, it is placed on a shrine dedicated to Elegba with the hope that the Orisha or soul, which was split in two parts when the twins were born, will now again reside in the figure that represents the dead twin. The sculpted figure is treated and cared for as if it were alive. It is rubbed in sacramental oil, washed, fed, clothed, sung to and prayed to. It is kept standing during the day, and is laid down at night. Often it will be dressed in the same clothing as the living twin, or be decorated in a beaded vest or shown with raised sandals, indicating possible royal connections. The responsibility of caring for the ibeji is borne by the mother and female family members of subsequent generations. The sculpture is expected to avert evil from the household, strengthen the manifestations of family love, stare down death, illuminate the pathway through the valley of immortality, and bring good fortune to all who treat it with respect and offer it tokens of affection. Conversely, bad fortune and curses may be engendered if the ibeji is ignored. Recommended Reading: YORUBA-THE ART OF LIFE-THE BENNETT_LUTHER COLLECTION, Dr. Daniel Mato, by permission. IBEJI, by Chemeche, ISN'T S/HE A DOLL-PLAY AND RITUAL IN AFRICAN SCULPTURE/Cameron I have examined this figure and agree with the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.

Condition Report: Good.  Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. worn patina, shallow cracks

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Yoruba Ibeji Male Twin Figure Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $350 - $400

Description: Additional Information:  Though the cause of the high rate of twin births among Yoruba women has not been established, the cultural grieving process is well documented and may be observed in the carving of a figure known as Ere Ibeji, which both represents the lost child and serves as a ritual point of contact with the soul of the deceased. The carving of the Ere Ibeji is commissioned under the guidance of an Ifa diviner, a Babalowo, whom the parents consult in selecting the particular artist who will do the work. The sculpture itself represents a deceased infant, but is carved with features and attributes of an adult. The sculptural features of genitalia, pubic hair, wide hips, developed breasts, gender specific facial scarification and mature coiffures exude an erotic sexuality, uncommon for infants. As Dr. Moyo Okediji notes, the completed ibeji figure is carved as an adult, rather than as the deceased infant, in a mythological form that depicts the concentrated calm of a Yoruba artist. When the carving of the Ere Ibeji is completed, the artist is given a feast and payment as determined by the Orishas. Once the figure is brought to the family dwelling, it is placed on a shrine dedicated to Elegba with the hope that the Orisha or soul, which was split in two parts when the twins were born, will now again reside in the figure that represents the dead twin. The sculpted figure is treated and cared for as if it were alive. It is rubbed in sacramental oil, washed, fed, clothed, sung to and prayed to. It is kept standing during the day, and is laid down at night. Often it will be dressed in the same clothing as the living twin, or be decorated in a beaded vest or shown with raised sandals, indicating possible royal connections. The responsibility of caring for the ibeji is borne by the mother and female family members of subsequent generations. The sculpture is expected to avert evil from the household, strengthen the manifestations of family love, stare down death, illuminate the pathway through the valley of immortality, and bring good fortune to all who treat it with respect and offer it tokens of affection. Conversely, bad fortune and curses may be engendered if the ibeji is ignored. Recommended Reading: YORUBA-THE ART OF LIFE-THE BENNETT_LUTHER COLLECTION, Dr. Daniel Mato, by permission. IBEJI, by Chemeche, ISN'T S/HE A DOLL-PLAY AND RITUAL IN AFRICAN SCULPTURE/Cameron

Condition Report: Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. General wear, cracks, hole in head

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1980 Jansem Trois Masques Lithograph

by DUMBO Auctions

August 18, 2015, 12:00 PM EST

Brooklyn , NY, USA

Estimated Price: $150 - $175

Description: Artist Name: Jansem, Jean Title: Trois Masques Medium: Lithograph Edition Size: Unknown Year: 1980 Paper Size: 31 x 22 inches Image Size: 27 x 21 inches Condition: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling Notes: NO. 451

Condition Report: A-: Near Mint, very light signs of handling

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Tabatière en pâte de verre opaque imitant le jade. Les côtés sont flanqués        Deux masques de Taotie. Beau       bouchon.Signature sur le fond.Ht.9cm.

by Pays de Fayence Enchères

August 13, 2015, 2:30 PM CET

Montauroux, France

Description: Tabatière en pâte de verre opaque imitant le jade. Les côtés sont flanqués Deux masques de Taotie. Beau bouchon.Signature sur le fond.Ht.9cm.

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Masque, canton de St-Gall, XXe s. (haut. 23.5 cm)

by Galartis SA

August 2, 2015, 2:00 PM CET

VERBIER, Switzerland

Estimated Price: CHF200 - CHF250

Description: Masque, canton de St-Gall, XXe s. (haut. 23.5 cm). En bois sculpté polychrome, le visage souriant appliqué d'une pièce en tissu et cheveux en fils roux, le revers monogrammé JST et numéroté 52.

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Igbo Afikpo Helmet Mask Calabash Beads Cowrie Shells

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $750 - $1,000

Description: Additional Information: Unique objects from West Africa still have the power to surprise and challenge even the most astute and knowledgeable collector. Its' the case with this wonderful mask. This is a testament to the imagination and creativity of the African carver and the great variety of forms of masks and figures. This composite helmet mask is most likely found among the Igbo or among the Afikpo and Ojuw group in the north-central region in the of present day Nigeria.  This region is an area rich in a number of mask types serving major masking associations with a number of masks yet unclear as to their specific significance.The Igbo have produced a few known gourd masks.( a famous example at The Metropolitan Museum. New York). This mask also shares some stylistic elements with the Ekpe or Ojuku group. The mask could also come from the Yoruba, neighbors of the Igbo for the symbol in the back of this mask recall some egungun or Gelede masks. No example has been found in books. The face is characterized by a long nose, two circular openings in place of eyes, a cowy snail as mouth. The mask itself is made from calabash and cowry shells are glued into the surface and onto plaited raffia fibers. Beaded strands in the form of veils, ending with cowries, are attached around the mask, This mask is in good condition and was well preserved despite the fragility of the calabash. This helmet mask with its abstract form and its impressive decoration would add a significant holding in the arts of Africa to a collection. Until we confirm its true identity,  it will a challenge to provide its context of uses and its function. In general such masks would represent the spirits and would perform during important ceremonies.    Recommended Reading: Cole, H.M. and C. C. Aniakor; Igbo Arts, Community and Cosmos. 1984. I have examined this piece and agree with the description Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.

Condition Report: Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. worn patina, a few missing cowrie shells and beads

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Maske/ Mask, Ogoni, Nigeria, Afrika

by Auktionshaus Schwab

August 29, 2015, 10:00 AM CET

Mannheim, Germany

Estimated Price: €280 - €560

Description: Holzmaske mit Klappkiefer. Dreiteilige Frisur, schlitzförmige Augen und quadratische Stirntatauierung. Dreifarbig gefasst, part. Oberflächenberieb. H. 29 cm. [ak]

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LOT (2) AFRICAN CARVED MASKS INCLUDING OGONI

by William J Jenack Auctioneers

August 9, 2015, 11:00 AM EST

Chester, NY, USA

Estimated Price: $80 - $125

Description: LOT (2) AFRICAN CARVED MASKS INCLUDING OGONI, NIGERIA, HEIGHT 12" AND ANOTHER, HEIGHT 14"

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2004 Nigeria 10N Note Crisp Unc 10pcs Scarce Sequential

by Western Asset Reserve

August 1, 2015, 12:15 AM EST

Henderson, NV, USA

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Description: Scarce crisp unc high BV; includes one or more scarce sequential serial number runs

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2004 Nigeria 10N Note Crisp Unc 10pcs Scarce Sequential

by Western Asset Reserve

August 1, 2015, 12:15 AM EST

Henderson, NV, USA

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Description: Scarce hi grade issue; includes one or more scarce sequential serial number runs

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2004 Nigeria 10N Note Crisp Unc 10pcs Scarce Sequential

by Western Asset Reserve

August 1, 2015, 12:15 AM EST

Henderson, NV, USA

Estimated Price: $90 - $180

Description: Scarce crisp unc high BV; includes one or more scarce sequential serial number runs

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CHINE dynastie des HAN ET DES TROIS ROYAUMES Paire de vases

by Pays de Fayence Enchères

August 13, 2015, 2:30 PM CET

Montauroux, France

Estimated Price: €600 - €700

Description: CHINE dynastie des HAN ET DES TROIS ROYAUMES Paire de vases "HU" ornés sur deux cotés d'anneaux de préhension fixés à un masque de Taotie. Belle terre cuite à décor de rinceaux, volutes et géométrique. Style typique des Han sans garantie d'époque. Ht:54 cm.

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PAIR OF CONTINENTAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS

by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC

August 9, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

Marietta, GA, USA

Estimated Price: $1,200 - $1,800

Description: Pair of Continental Giltwood Armchairs 20th century, in the Baronial taste, each with a padded rectangular back surmounted by a deep crest of a crowned heraldic shield flanked by two griffins, joined by imbricate-carved arms on lion masque uprights to the padded seat, raised on a curule-form base with grapevine carving and centered by a lion's masque.

Condition Report: In overall good condition. Sturdy. Clean upholstery. A few scattered tiny losses to gilt but no further apparent defects.

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VASE COUVERT «  DING »

by Accademia Fine Art

August 22, 2015, 6:00 PM CET

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Estimated Price: €450 - €550

Description: VASE COUVERT « DING » En néphrite vert épinard, gravé du motif Euwen et kilin, anses en forme de masques de Taotie. Chine, vers 1900 Dimensions : 10,5 x 15 cm

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Weibliche Ahnenfigur der Idoma/ Female Ancestor Figure, Nigeria, Afrika

by Auktionshaus Schwab

August 29, 2015, 10:00 AM CET

Mannheim, Germany

Estimated Price: €450 - €900

Description: Holz, part. weiß gefasst. Vollplastische, weibliche Ahnenfigur mit feiner Gesichtszeichnung, markanten Brüsten und Körpertatauierung. Frisur rücks. geklebt, part. Farbabrieb. H. 51 cm. [ak]

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CONTINENTAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIR

by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC

August 9, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

Marietta, GA, USA

Estimated Price: $700 - $1,000

Description: Continental Giltwood Armchair 20th century, in the Baronial taste, the padded rectangular back surmounted by a deep crest of a crowned heraldic shield flanked by two griffins, joined by imbricate-carved arms on lion masque uprights to the padded seat, raised on a curule-form base with grapevine carving and centered by a lion's mask.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Yoruba Gelede Headpiece Mask with Basket Cap African

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $650

Description: Additional Information: Headpiece of a carved human head  with a dark patina; with a cap in basketry attached to the mask.   There is an ethnic markings on both the right  and the left cheeks. The headpiece belongs to the Gelede category of masks used by the Yoruba, probably the Yoruba fraction  from Benin . Among the Yoruba Gelede masks dance of the ‘mothers’, good witches who propitiate and control the power of the ‘bad’ witches who fly at night causing human misfortune, illness, and death. When Gelede appear, they dance in pairs in a tightly structured and complexly choreographed dance accompanied by singing and drumming. Most ‘witch-catching’ Gelede masks are carved from a single piece of wood to be worn on the top of the head over the forehead with a multi-colored costume made up of numerous panels of brightly colored cloth completely covering the body from head to foot. The panels of cloth will flare outwards while being danced giving the dancer a dynamic appearance. Gelede performances may extend over a number of days with different dance forms and movements. When performing the masks dance as a coordinated pair often with mirror-like movements during in an athletic and vigorous dance that often interacts with the audience. Their energetic dance steps will often kick up the dust so that they appear to float above the earth and the anklet bells that they wear reinforce the rhythm of the music. Gelede masks will also reflect local traditions of facial marking and symbolic headdress whereas this example brings to mind the beautiful and classic sculpted heads of ancient Ife.  Recommended Reading: YORUBA NINE CENTURIES OF AFRICAN ART AND THOUGHT by Drewal et al, YORUBA AN ART OF LIFE by Mato and Cooksey I have examined this piece and agree with the description Niangi Batulukisi, PhD. 

Condition Report: Good wear, chips, loose basket

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A collection of African 20th Century souvenirs, including - Pair of carved

by Canterbury Auction Galleries

August 12, 2015, 10:00 AM BST

Canterbury, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £100 - £150

Description: A collection of African 20th Century souvenirs, including - Pair of carved wood and painted ceremonial paddles decorated with serpents and attached with wooden chains to a crocodile (South Nigeria - one crocodile missing), and a selection of woven baskets, spoons, slave bangles, ceramics, various

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Ijebu Ode Igbo Cotton Cloth Nigeria African

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $225 - $250

Description: We do not recommend laundering textiles, and do not accept returns of textiles which have been laundered in any manner.  Even dry cleaning is too much for some of these antique textiles.  For some of them, a very gentle HAND washing  (NEVER MACHINE, on any setting)  in cool water with a very gentle detergent works, but even then, dyes may not be colorfast, and fabric may be less strong than it appears.  Additional Information:  A beautiful prestigious cloth from Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria made out of two large strips machine sewn together! The designs are made up of blue, green, black, ggreen and  red bands. Such textiles were found among the  Igbo living in and around the town of Ijebu-Ode. In fact,  in the 19th century, trade began with Igbo weavers from the town of Akwete, who produced copies using similar motifs. Textiles in southern Nigeria continue in an ongoing process of traditional weaving in old methods with new materials. These cloths were made by and for both men and women. Weaving centers have been identified throughout Nigeria. Each of the centers reflecting the tastes and styles and patterns of design provide an extraordinary diversity of color, pattern and inventiveness. Recommended Reading: See AFRICAN TEXTILES, by John Gillow

Condition Report: Good general wear

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Yoruba Pair Epa Masks Published Museum Exhibition Extraordinary

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $10,000 - $12,000

Description: Male: mask is in two pieces, rendering him very fragile. Hat is missing several tassels, with some in fair condition. Severe age crack on proper left side starting at top of hat, extending down through face to bottom of beard. Long cracks in torso starting on proper right extending to proper left down through leg onto horse. Chipping with missing wood on proper left arm and shoulder. Base where horse rests has severe polychrome and patina flaking and chipping, as well as a crack on the proper left front side. Base face has extensive age crack on proper left side extending from top of head, to eye and down through the cheek. Purposeful holes along base with visible age and wear. Provenance: From the personal Collection of Elizabeth Bennett-Sara F. Luther. Exhibited at the South Dakota Art Museum Published in: Daniel Mato, PhD., Chelsea Cooksey, YORUBA: AN ART OF LIFE. The Bennett-Luther Collection Africa Direct, Denver, Colorado, 2004, fig. 35, p. 48 Also reproduced on  the Cover of this book.  Additional Information: An extraordinary pair of helmet masks! " Pair of Epa masks with traditional Yoruba iconography as interpreted by a skilled but unknown master carver. The seated female is brightly polychromed. Bold strokes of white paint on her distinctive hairstyle, and carefully painted facial markings indicate lineage and social status  and evoke a striking visual authority. She is shown as the "mother of Twins" (iya ibeji), with a child on her lap and another on her back who is alertly holding her by the shoulders while looking to the side. A single male figure and several female figures adorn the base in a kneeling position of reverence for the Orishas (spirits). The male figure portrays the mounted warrior figure called "jagunJagun". He is shown wearing a European style. hat, fringed with free swinging sticks that serve to conceal and protect his face. He is seated  on a horse in a gesture of power and authority, with a sword  in his right hand. In earlier sculptures the European fringed hat would have been replaced with a traditional head covering. This more modern substitution demonstrates the Yoruba ability to blend images of authority with trends and movements in modernity. The masks are carved from single blocks of aberinberin in wood and are customarily and ritualistically painted by the family which owns them" (Daniel Mato, PhD., Chelsea Cooksey, YORUBA: AN ART OF LIFE.  p. 48)  Recommended Reading: Drewal , H. J. and J. Pemberton III, with R. Abiodun Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought, (New York, 1989) Drewal, H. J. and M. Thompson Drewal., Gelede, Art and Female Power among the Yoruba. 1983.  Fagg, W. and J. Pemberton III: Yoruba Sculpture of West Africa, (New York, 1982) Lawal, B.: The Gelede Spectacle. Art, Gender, and Social Harmony in an African Culture. (Seattle, London 1996) Mato, Daniel, Chelsea Cooksey, Yoruba: Art of Life. The Bennett-Luther Collection, Denver 2004  Witte, H.: A Closer Look; Local Styles in the Yoruba Art Collection of the Afrika Museum, Berg en Dal. 2004. I have examined this piece and agree with the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.

Condition Report: Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Female: strong patina, small chip to top of crest, with crack on proper left side. Crack and hole to upper breast on proper left side, base to mid-torso crack on proper right side. Similar base crack to proper right male figure. Adorning figures are very fragile, not all are securely attached. Purposeful holes in base and rim of mask. Dark grime on forehead on main female figure, also seen on forehead of proper left male figure.

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A good collection of early 20th Century Nigerian (Hausa people) coir woven

by Canterbury Auction Galleries

August 12, 2015, 10:00 AM BST

Canterbury, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £100 - £150

Description: A good collection of early 20th Century Nigerian (Hausa people) coir woven dyed grass vessels, comprising - lidded basket, 8.5ins diameter x 6.75ins high and another similar, 7ins diameter x 5ins high, and unlidded basket 8.5ins diameter x 4.25ins high, together with five graduated circular dishes, 11ins diameter to 14.75ins diameter and a Nigerian brass circular vessel and cover worked in repousse with spirals, 9ins diameter x 8ins high

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PAIR OF CONTINENTAL GILTWOOD ARMCHAIRS

by Eden Fine Antiques Galleries LLC

August 9, 2015, 10:30 AM EST

Marietta, GA, USA

Estimated Price: $1,200 - $1,800

Description: Pair of Continental Giltwood Armchairs late 20th century, of Baltic inspiration, each with an elaborately interlacing back centered by a carved masque and with an addorsed eagle head crest, joined by shaped arms on eagles' leg uprights to the padded seat above a Greek-key frieze, raised on reeded circular legs headed by a bulbous acanthine capital and ending in peg feet.

Condition Report: Note that this lot is LATE 20th century, NOT early 20th century as stated earlier. The gilt surface has some scattered wear and very minor scattered losses. No warping. No apparent restorations or losses. Sturdy, with clean upholstery.

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Igala Shrine Piece Multiple Figures Niger Benue Rivers Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $650 - $750

Description: Additional Information:  This  complex sculpture  is a shrine piece from the Igala or neighbor people.  The complex imagery of standing figures in two registars is tentativelly attributed to the Igala, but it can be stylistically placed among one of the differing but related peoples  in northern Nigeria.  This interesting sculpture shares a number of stylistic elements with a number of the small groups living in Northern Nigeria in the region of the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers.  This is an area of mixed art and influences and shared sculptural styles as documented by Sieber where he notes an Idoma carver observing Igala sculptors at work and subsequently carving for both Igala and Idoma patrons. (Sieber 1961:9)  The upper reaches of the Niger River at the confluence with the Benue River opens to broad grassy plains where the Igala people who number approximately 300,000 live and where in the past they had a strong kingdom. Today this kingdom is primarily ceremonial or ritualized with little real power.  To complicate the matter the Igala also share a number of artistic traditions with their neighbors the Basa-Nge, Isoko, and Idoma, northern Igbo and a number of people living along the lower Niger.   This is an important sculpture for its intrinsic artistic quality and for what it represents. This shrine piece shows evidence of much handling and long use.  It would stand out  in any collection.  Recommended Reading: Sieber, Roy.  Sculpture of Northern Nigeria, 1961. Sieber, R. and Tony Vevers.  Interaction:  the art styles of the Benue River and East Nigeria.  1974. I have examined this piece and agree with the description Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.

Condition Report: Fair.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Softening of surface possible evidence of long use.  cracks in base, large chip at top, paint worn away in places

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by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury

August 20, 2015, 11:00 AM BST

London, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £300 - £400

Description: (A.B.) and others. Catalogue of the Plants collected in the Oban district South Nigeria, lithographed plates, 1913 § Barclay (D.) and others. A Book of South African Flowers, plates, some colour, Cape Town & Johannesburg, 1925 § Adamson (R.S.) and T.M. Salter. Flora of the Cape Peninsula, covers damp-mottled, Cape Town & Johannesburg, 1950 § Letty (Cythna) Wild Flowers of the Transvaal, plates, some colour, dust-jacket, price-clipped, spotted, worn, Pretoria, 1962, all original cloth; and a quantity of others, South African Botany, v.s. (qty)

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A small collection of early 20th Century Nigerian artefacts, comprising - l

by Canterbury Auction Galleries

August 12, 2015, 10:00 AM BST

Canterbury, United Kingdom

Estimated Price: £100 - £150

Description: A small collection of early 20th Century Nigerian artefacts, comprising - leather quiver and cover containing three arrows, 26ins, sword with 28.75ins blade and leather covered guard and grip, in tooled leather scabbard, another similar dagger with 5.5ins blade and leather covered grip in leather scabbard, two leather water (?) carriers, two coloured bead wrist or ankle bangles, and a fly whisk, 18ins.

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Mama Bird Mask on Stand Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $1,200 - $1,300

Description: Additional Information: This head crest is a superb and rare example of a Djibete mask from the Northern Nigeria region where the Niger and Benue Rivers meet. The encrusted surface is embellished with red pigment (ocher). This is an interesting bird mask with an extension on the head. A few Djibete mask known are not usually carved with such extension. This mask was worn as a  headcrest and  represents a mythical bird.  When worn it is surrounded with a ruff of grasses at the bottom and is carried on the top of the dancer's head. Djibete  mask would  dance during various festivals including that celebrating funerals and during the agricultural cycle. Djibete masks of this quality and condition rarely come onto the market and this one would add a unique Djibete mask in a collection.   

Condition Report: Good. Most ofour pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Cracks, worn patina, chips; see pictures for detail.

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Afo Standing Male Figure Nigeria African 27 inch

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $750 - $900

Description: Additional Information: This dramatically standing male  figure tentatively attributed to the Afo people, a relatively small ethnic group living today at the confluence of the Niger and Benue Rivers in north-central Nigeria. The Afo style is recognized here by the striations that covered the body.  There is no single style for Afo sculpture and this may be a later example in a more finished style. The surface appears to show signs of long use and much wear. The excellent condition, quality of the sculpture and large size makes this a figure for serious consideration.The use and function of this particular sculpture is not known. I have examined this piece and agree with the description. Niangi Batulukisi, PhD.

Condition Report: Good. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Cracks in head, neck, torso and base, chips in base

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Igbo Clay Shrine Figure Seated Nigeria Africa

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $600

Description: Igbo Seated Clay Shrine Figure Nigeria Africa Additional Information: The style of this figure recalls that found in the terra-cotta figure  of the Igbo group. Among the Igbo Clay figures known as ntekpe and have the function of "children " of the shrine or its deity. They are used to protect the shrine and assist the living members of the family. Priests and priestesses during rituals associated to their shrine will cover their bodies in white powder to celebrate the gods. Figures like this will receive offerings and gifts while sitting in her shrine. For further information on  Igbo Clay  figures and examples see Karl-Ferdinand Schaedler (ed.). Earth and Ore. 2500 Years of African Art in Terra-cotta and metal, Panterra Verlag. Edition Minerva.1997.  

Condition Report: poor.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. broken piece in front, chips and scratches in head, eyebows, ears, nose, and mouth, chips in many other places, and large chip in base of stool cracks with indigenous repair in both feet

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Drum Igbo Ibibio Figural  Nigeria African 47 Inch

by Africa Direct

August 25, 2015, 1:00 AM MST

Denver, CO, USA

Estimated Price: $500 - $650

Description: Additional Information: A caryatid drum supported by two kneeling figures. In this example, the kneeling figures support a cylindrical drum o their heads. A carved Face decorated each side of the drum. Features on these faces and on kneeling figures reflect Ibibio style traits and recall some Ibibio masks and figures. Thus, this well carved drum perhaps has its origin among the Ibibio,  a large tribal group in Nigeria living along the lower Niger River and spreading into the Niger Delta Region.

Condition Report: Poor. Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage. Cracks and chips throughout, chipped nose, scratches and scrapes, dents, repair in skin

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